Brisbane homes to benefit from $100M flood-resilience program

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today launched a comprehensive package of flood resilience initiatives for Brisbane houses, to mitigate the impact of flooding and assist flood-victims to recover more quickly after flood events.

Cr Quirk said his $12 million Flood Resilient Homes program, to be delivered over four years, would be a key feature of the 2018/19 Budget and part of a commitment to ensuring our city has the services and infrastructure to meet the needs of future generations.

“The liveability and sustainability of Brisbane is my priority, which is why Council is boosting flood resilience of Brisbane homes that are regularly impacted by flash flooding,” Cr Quirk said.

“The new Flood Resilient Homes program will be a two-part scheme, with households first receiving a free in-home professional flood-risk assessment, to provide tailored information about how a property’s flood immunity could be boosted.

“Council will then offer eligible home-owners access to flood-resilient property upgrades, including retrofitting flood-resilient flooring and walls, relocation of electrics and services, as well as raising the level of timber homes.

“Property owners will be able to take advantage of up to $50,000 of flood-resilience retrofitting upgrades from Council, to help prepare for, and more-easily recover from, flash flooding.”

Cr Quirk said the Flood Resilient Homes program would be rolled-out in two pilot precincts this year, for those residential properties with a risk of being flooded one in every two years through flash flooding.

“The owners of more than 220 houses in Rosalie and Inala North will be the first to benefit from the Flood Resilient Homes program, which has been developed in consultation with industry groups including the Insurance Council of Australia, Suncorp, Master Builders and Master Electricians.”

Cr Quirk said Council’s drainage construction program and Voluntary Home Purchase Scheme would continue to increase city-wide flood immunity, however, the Flood Resilient Homes program would target properties where drainage would not eliminate flash flooding.

“Council will invest $31 million into new major and minor drainage construction this year, to provide additional drainage capacity where it will effectively reduce flooding and $66 million to maintain the current network,” he said.

“In many instances, additional stormwater drainage pipes are not a solution to flash flooding, while in other cases it is not financially viable to install additional pipes, leaving residents without a solution to regular flash flooding during rainfall.

“By investing in the flood resilience of homes in these areas, we can reduce the impact, recovery time and ongoing costs related to flash flooding for residents.”

Eligible residents in Rosalie (Paddington) and Inala North will be contacted by Council’s sustainability agency, CitySmart, in coming months to register for the Flood Resilient Homes program.